Humming could cure sinusitis

Let's get some quality clowns into politics

`If I were living in London, I would vote Malcolm McLaren for mayor like a shot'

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A WOMAN on the verge of dying from an antibiotic-resistant superbug has been saved by injecting her with a virus that attacked the lethal bacteria but left her own cells untouched.

Books: After the armistice, the massacre

Piers Brendon recalls the pandemic that slew 40 million people and wonders whether it could strike again

Letter: Virus vs bacteria

Sir: Shortly after hearing a BBC newsreader refer to the E.coli 0157 outbreak in Dawlish Warren in Devon as being due to a virus, I opened The Independent to read about a "particularly virulent C-strain of the virus" causing meningitis in Ironville, Derbyshire ("Another boy dies in UK's meningitis capital", 17 August). Both of these infections are caused by bacteria.

Science: Is organic food safe?

It is certainly more popular than ever, with supermarkets competing fiercely to offer more lines. But shunning modern methods of agriculture brings its own risks.

Decay and degradation

Compost. Nature's way with death. So why do the politically correct thing when you can do the right thing?

Secretarial: The Temp - Heat rage: it's time to clear the air

HOT ENOUGH for you? Pleased to be wearing those sleeveless dresses designed to show off the first onset of underarm dangle at its best? Glad to be sharing your travelling space with people who have forgotten that hot weather brings not only pleasure, but responsibility towards others? Enjoying those damp little private moments pointing the hand-drier at your armpits? Or are you locked implacably, as so many people find themselves at this time of year, in ventilation wars?

Queens Award: Into battle against bacteria

HEALTH SCARES associated with bacteria could be a thing of the past, thanks to the development of a system that has won its inventors a Queen's Award for Technological Achievement, writes Roger Trapp.

Infection may lead to heart disease

CHRONIC DISEASES blamed on faulty genes or a slothful lifestyle may be triggered by infectious agents that can be passed around like colds or flu, scientists believe.

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The massacres in Kosovo threaten our dignity more than anything brewed in Dr Venter's test tubes
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